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Hurricane Marco Heads for Louisiana as Tropical Storm Laura Kills 11 in Haiti and Dominican Republic

Hurricane Marco Heads for Louisiana as Tropical Storm Laura Kills 11 in Haiti and Dominican Republic


(PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti) — Marco grew to become a hurricane over the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday on a path towards the Louisiana coast, whereas Tropical Storm Laura killed at the least 11 individuals within the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Laura moved over japanese Cuba late within the day, following a path prone to take it to the identical a part of the U.S. coast, additionally as a possible hurricane. It appeared the storms wouldn’t be hurricanes concurrently — one thing that researchers say has by no means occurred within the Gulf of Mexico at the least since data started being stored in 1900.

The Nationwide Hurricane Middle stated Marco was about 180 miles (290 kilometers) south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River on Sunday night and heading north-northwest at 13 mph (20 kph), packing winds of 75 miles per hour (120 kph). The middle warned of life-threatening storm surges and hurricane-force winds alongside the Gulf Coast.

Nationwide Hurricane MiddleThe Nationwide Hurricane Middle stated Marco was about 180 miles south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River on Sunday night and heading north-northwest at 13 mph.

Haitian civil safety officers stated that they had acquired stories {that a} 10-year-old lady was killed when a tree fell on a house within the southern coastal city of Anse-a-Pitres, on the border with the Dominican Republic. Haiti’s prime minister stated at the least eight different individuals died through the storm and two had been lacking. Within the Dominican Republic, family informed reporters a mom and her younger son died after a wall collapsed on them.

A whole lot of 1000’s had been with out energy within the Dominican Republic as each international locations on the island of Hispaniola suffered heavy flooding.

A hurricane watch was issued for the New Orleans metro space, which Hurricane Katrina pummeled in August 2005.

Laura was centered about 30 miles (55 kilometers) west of Cuba’s japanese tip Sunday night, and its most sustained winds had been at 60 mph (95 kph). It was shifting west-northwest at 21 mph (33 kph).

It was forecast to maneuver over Cuba on Sunday night time or Monday.

Tropical Storm Laura
Nationwide Hurricane MiddleTropical Storm Laura was centered about 30 miles west of Cuba’s japanese tip Sunday night, and its most sustained winds had been at 60 mph.

Officers within the Florida Keys, which Laura would possibly cross over on its route into the Gulf, declared an area state of emergency and issued a compulsory evacuation order for anybody residing on boats, in cell houses and in campers. Vacationers staying in motels had been warned to concentrate on hazardous climate situations and think about altering their plans beginning Sunday.

New warnings had been added Sunday morning — together with a storm surge warning from Morgan Metropolis, Louisiana to Ocean Springs, Mississippi, and a hurricane warning from Morgan Metropolis to the mouth of the Pearl River. A tropical storm warning included Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana, and metropolitan New Orleans.

A storm surge of as much as 6 toes (2 meters) was forecast for elements of coastal Louisiana and Mississippi.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, who declared a state of emergency Friday, requested President Donald Trump for a federal emergency declaration.

Individuals in Louisiana headed to shops to refill on meals, water and different provides.

The hurricane heart stated the storms weren’t anticipated to work together because the area faces an unusually energetic hurricane season.

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Related Press writers Freida Frisaro in Miami and Janet McConnaughey in New Orleans contributed to this report.